Four people were transported to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries after a Friday, Dec. 29, two-vehicle collision on Highway 53 near a Chetek exit.
A Barron County sheriff’s deputy, sitting inside a squad car, was parked at a Highway 53 exit. The car’s emergency lights were on, and the squad car was blocking one lane of traffic, slowing down oncoming cars, while ahead, a wrecker was pulling out another car involved in an earlier crash.
A van attempted to pass another vehicle that had slowed down for the accident scene; the van struck the squad car at around 2:33 p.m. The deputy was inside the squad car at the time of the collision.
Three people inside the van that struck the squad car were transported to Mayo Clinic Health System-Northland in Barron by Chetek, Mayo Clinic Health System and Rice Lake ambulances, a press release from the Barron County Sheriff’s Office said. The deputy was transported to LMC (Marshfield Clinic Lakeview Medical Center) by an LMC ambulance.
The names of the victims have not been released.
The Chetek Police Department and the Chetek Fire Department are assisting with the crash.
According to the Barron County Sheriff’s Office press release:
“This serves as a good reminder that you need to slow down and move over when you see an emergency vehicle (law enforcement, fire or EMS) on the side of the road or you could be cited for failing to move over for emergency vehicle.”